University of Birmingham and Saudi Arabia Railways sign agreement | So Good News
The Birmingham Center for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) works with the SAR to deliver specialist railway training for SAR staff.
In addition, the agreement will look for opportunities for joint research and development programs that will utilize the unique expertise from each organisation.
Saudi Arabia Railways is the largest state-owned rail operator in the Middle East, with ambitious and high-tech growth plans for both its passenger and freight rail operations over the next five years.
BCRRE is the largest specialized railway research, education and innovation center in Europe, with extensive industry and academic links worldwide. An active member of the European Rail Clusters Initiative, it is also the lead university in the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), a network that will benefit as SAR’s strategy progresses.
SAR has an ambitious growth strategy, which we are very happy to support. Together, we can secure access to expertise, cutting-edge technology and a pipeline of next-generation engineers that will ensure a robust future for industry in Saudi Arabia.
Professor Clive Roberts, Director, Birmingham Center for Railway Research and Education
Professor Clive Roberts, director of the Birmingham Center for Railway Research and Education, said: “SAR has an ambitious growth strategy, which we are very pleased to support. Together we can ensure access to expertise, cutting-edge technology and a pipeline of next-generation engineers who will ensure a robust future for industry in Saudi Arabia.”
Meadow. Abdulrahman Turkistani, General Manager of Human Resources and Support Services, said: “The launch of SAR’s five-year strategy in 2020 made it imperative for SAR to build a national pool of talent for its various functions. This will ensure that SAR can reach and go beyond its ambitious goals. We chose the University of Birmingham as our partner to deliver their world-class technical railway education to our national talent pool.”